Huskers Add to Auction for Hurricane Victims

Coach Barry Collier and the University of Nebraska men's basketball program are joining dozens of other teams and organizations in a push to assist with relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Coaches from around the nation and across all sports, college and professional, have come together to raise money that will go directly to Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild portions of the affected area.

College programs and professional organizations have donated items and cash to help the non-profit organization build homes for low-income families. Numerous college basketball and football programs, along with teams from the NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB, have contributed items that will be auctioned off through the web site The online auction will be run by in conjunction with EBay.

Nearly 300 items or packages – including autographed balls and jerseys, tickets and "game day experiences" from colleges and professional teams – have been donated to the effort. The Nebraska men's basketball package that will be auctioned off includes two floor-level tickets for the Nebraska-Oklahoma conference opener at the Devaney Center on Jan. 7 and a basketball autographed by the coaches and players.

"I think most people in Nebraska recognize the devastation that has occurred with Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita," Collier said. "As Americans, we want to reach out and help people. Many, many people in Nebraska have already helped through their churches and volunteer groups, and Salvation Army and Red Cross. This is just another way to help these people in the southern part of our country that have suffered.

"For us, it's an opportunity to join with all the coaches across the nation. If people will go online to the auction, they will see some great opportunities. In this case, it makes it available for people in Nebraska to get involved and help with this cause."

All money raised from donations or online auctions on will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. For more information or to bid on a package available on the online auction, visit To give directly to Habitat for Humanity, visit

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